19th July 2006 Archive


Microsoft discovers secret to impressing Wall Street

Microsoft has changed the way it breaks out its financials in a shake-up likely to accentuate the positive and shield loss-making activities from close scrutiny.
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easyGroup wins easy.com appeal

The London High Court has upheld a previous ruling that gave multi-national conglomerate easyGroup intellectual property rights to the easy.com trade mark.
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Garage door remote triggers man's erection

An anonymous Merseyside man who had an implant to "help with erection problems" has found he becomes uncontrollably aroused every time his neighbour pulls up in his 4X4, the Scottish Daily Record reports.
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Microsoft gets hands on Winternals

Microsoft has acquired Winternals Software to boost system back up and recovery in Windows.
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Chinese black helicopters circle Google Earth

Those among you who like your skies darkened by black helicopters are invited to mosey on down to the remote Chinese village of Huangyangtan which hosts what must be the strangest military installation ever spotted by the Google Earth Community:

Future iPods to morph into games consoles?

An analyst has claimed Nvidia has won the contract to supply Apple with graphics chips for future video-centric iPods. The claim comes as another, less reputable source alleged upcoming iPods will play old Nintendo games.

Storage resellers called to show some Bakbone

CMS Peripherals is running a big channel sales spiff for Bakbone storage software. The grand prize for the five-month promo – called Route 66 -is a Harley Davidson, and unspecified prizes will go to second and third places, as well as to the top dealers of each month.
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mBlox fined over misleading spam

The premium rate phoneline regulator - Icstis - made two separate rulings against mBlox this week and fined the transaction network firm a total of £14,000.

Sony preps 'PC-less' DVD burners

Sony today pledged to ship this autumn a pair of DVD writers that will burn content straight from camcorders, cutting computers out of the digital media loop. One of the two machines can also pull pictures off digital cameras.

LogicaCMG hails IT outsourcing wins

LogicaCMG today trumpeted some big contracts wins in The Netherlands and France.
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Software! miss! sours! Yahoo!

Yahoo! lost the confidence of investors last night, despite posting solid earnings that were firmly in line with the company's predictions.

Samsung ramps up 1GB Flash chip output

Samsung has begun mass-producing 8Gb - 1GB - NAND Flash chips fabbed at 60nm, the company announced this morning. It also said it will offer an 8GB chip formed from two 4GB packages mounted one on top of the the other. Each 4GB unit comprises four of the 8Gb dies.
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BetonSports stops taking bets

BetonSports has complied with a Department of Justice indictment and stopped taking bets late last night.
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Even greater errrror massages of our time

Much fun was had last week when the Fish4 jobs website temporarily sank beneath the waves with only a very amusing error message bubbling to the surface.
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Earth's writhing magnetic field could aid fusion research

The European satellite constellation Cluster has reported a first - it has seen a region of the Earth's magnetic field spontaneously reconfiguring itself. As well as breaking new scientific ground, the findings could have a practical application for scientists working on new ways of generating energy.

Iomega blesses second-generation Rev drive

Iomega yesterday doubled the capacity of its Rev back-up system to 70GB and began shipping both 2.5in disks and drives - internal and external - worldwide.
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Zen and the art of software configuration management

Comment In the software development world, less would appear to be more. Attention continues to swing towards lightweight development methodologies such as extreme programming and agile development, and scripting languages such as Javascript and the three Ps of the LAMP stack—that's PHP, Perl and Python—are increasingly popular.
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Nordic file sharers form pressure group

Following the raid against the popular Swedish file sharing website The Pirate Bay (Piratbyråns), several Nordic organisations have launched an international pressure group The Pro Piracy Lobby, which is seeking "common ground for further discussion and cooperation".
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China eyes Red Planet

China's ambitious space exploration plans - already encompassing the Moon - also extend to Mars, the Xinhua news agency announced today.

Wick Hill wins Ultimaco gig

Wick Hill has won UK solus rights for Ultimaco, the data security software company.

Sony, Samsung show off Blu-ray PC kit

Sony will ship its anticipated internal Blu-ray Disc burner in the US in August, the electronics giant's North American division said yesterday. Separately, one the company's Blu-ray backing chums, Samsung, unveiled its first PC with an integrated BD-ROM drive.
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UK online sales top Germany

The UK is Europe's biggest market for online retail - beating Germany into second place for the first time.
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IT girls calendar provokes unholy e-rumpus

An unholy rumpus has broken out over a "controversial calendar showcasing the sexy side of women who work in the IT sector", The Age reports.
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Ofcom ends BT price controls

Update: Telecoms regulator Ofcom has removed retail price controls on calls and line rental for BT customers from 1 August.
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BT and Sage collaborate to track call costs

BT and Sage are planning to integrate BT's Billing Analyst software into Sage's MMS accounting package. The idea is that small and medium sized businesses will be able to use the two packages together to keep a closer eye on their phone bills.
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YouTube wanders into copyright mire

Video upload site YouTube is being sued by a US television station which says it has breached its copyright, but leading intellectual property lawyers say that the site is almost certainly protected under existing laws.
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SK nixes LG 3G license

The South Korean government has rescinded LG Telecom's 3G operator rights and told CEO Nam Yong he must leave his post because of the firm's failure to develop 2Ghz wireless technology.
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Oracle unleashes security horde

Oracle's security organ has splurged 65 patches on customers in its quarterly update.
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Doctors attack NHS IT system

Doctors have spoken out against the controversial £12.4bn NHS IT system that is over budget and behind schedule, claiming that patient confidentiality is being put at risk by the system.
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EU sues France over illegal France Telecom aid

The European Commission is taking France to court for failing to claw back illegal state aid granted to France Telecom in 2002.

Sony production partners punching out PS3s?

PlayStation 3 games consoles are rolling off production lines run by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Asustek, if a number of local reports are to be believed. Production began at the start of the month, they allege, albeit in small volumes.
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NAO says HMRC over-sweetened IT suppliers

HM revenue and Customs may have been too generous in giving £52m in aid to its IT suppliers when it transferred computer contracts worth £3bn from EDS to Capgemini, said the National Audit Office in a report today.
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Online fraudsters love webmail - true

Online fraudsters favour easy to set-up webmail accounts when perpetrating online fraud. Yahoo! accounts come first in a list of the top ten email addresses used by online card fraudsters compiled by Early Warning UK, a scheme set up to help retailers avoid credit card fraud.
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MySpace to songwriters: sell more shirts

It must suck being a MySpace representative at a music biz gathering. The most popular web site in the United States owes its phenomenal success to a canny exploitation of music. But while sound recordings command a performance royalty - the rules are optional in the exciting world of new media. So while composers get rewarded when music is played in hotel lobbies, clothes shops and pubs, they don't get a penny from it being played, and endlessly replayed, over MySpace's network.
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Bush to veto stem cell bill

George W. Bush has indicated he will block the Senate's decision to allow state cash to be used to fund research into using embryonic stem cells to tackle disease.
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RFID chips could aid surgical litter-bugs

RFID tags could be used to make sure surgeons don't leave anything behind in patients they have been operating on, something which happens roughly once in every 10,000 operations.
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Child abuse downloaders could lose UK payment cards

UK-based downloaders of child abuse images could lose their credit and debit card facilities under measures agreed in Parliament on Wednesday.

CoPilot Live 6 for Symbian

Review ALK Technologies' CoPilot Live has been at the forefront of Windows Mobile-based satellite navigation software for some time, but it's a relative newcomer to the Symbian operating system, offering a version of its route-planning application - now at version 6 - for Nokia's Series 60 user-interface only this year...
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UK ponders personal carbon allowances

The government is ready to consider introducing personal, tradable carbon allowances, the environment secretary will say this evening, as part of its efforts to persuade members of the general public to reduce their energy consumption.
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Indian bloggers switched off

Indian bloggers have reacted with fury to government orders that ISPs block access to certain sites.

Symantec: Vista probably 'less stable' than XP

The networking technology underpinning Windows Vista may be less stable on release that that behind Windows XP, according to an analysis by security firm Symantec.
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Old net geezers play trip-you-up

Comment The rolling net "neutrality" debate brought two of the internet's most distinguished elder statesmen together in mortal combat this week. The two gentlemen, Vint Cerf and Dave Farber, said they agreed on most things. But where they didn't, they tried to pull the chair away just as their opponent tried to sit down.
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Stoic Napster troubled by Grecian formula

Last autumn, Napster launched a striking advertising campaign. It drew inspiration from, of all places, the stoic philosophers.

Dell Falls for AMD - analyst

Forget a four-way flirtation. Dell is set to go the whole hog with AMD, according to a new report from Merrill Lynch.

Intel tops Q2 profit collapse with pessimistic forecast

Intel today dealt shareholders a shocking blow when it revealed second quarter results. The chip maker suffered a 60 per cent profit slide, while revenue dropped 13 per cent. The financial figures confirmed the gains AMD has made against its rival.
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Apple soars on iPod sales

Strong iPod sales helped Apple Computer claim its second highest quarterly sales and earnings figures ever, with a 48 per cent profit jump.